Friday, January 23, 2015

Smoky Chicken Chili

Now that we are in place that actually experiences cold weather, I am happy to make soups, stews and chili.  We actually had a couple of pipes freeze one night a week or so ago.  I had been running the taps at night but I fell asleep in the family room and never made it to bed.  My husband didn't think about it when he went.  Oddly, I expected it that the frozen pipes would have been in the storage room but it was the pipes running above the ceiling in the downstairs kitchen.  Our house has 2 kitchens, but only 1 stove.  I use that kitchen as my stamping/sewing room.

I digress . . . I haven't made this chili in at least 5 years.  The last time I made it we lived in New Mexico and I came across the recipe in a Southern Living magazine.  I called my husband at work around lunch time and told him we were having this chili, salad and bread for dinner.  It worked, he made the effort to get home at a reasonable time. :)

Smoky Chicken Chili

2 poblano chile peppers, chopped
1 lg. red bell pepper, chopped
1 med. sweet onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2T olive oil
2 (14.5 oz.) cans zesty diced tomatoes
3C shredded or chopped smoked chicken (1 lb.)
1 (16 oz.) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1-1/2C low-sodium chicken broth
1 envelope white chicken chili seasoning mix

Saute the first 4 ingredients in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over med-high heat 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Stir in diced tomatoes and remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil over med.-high heat.  Reduce to low, simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 hour.  Serve with desired toppings.  Yield: 9 cups

Toppings:  shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream, lime wedges, sliced black olives, chopped red onion, tortilla chips.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt

Last spring I somehow came across Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice.  I saw that the instructions would soon come down and I downloaded them.  I ended up buying one of her books for the previous mystery quilt, which I also liked.  I made a mental note to do the mystery quilt this year.
In October she posted the paint chips to use a guide for the colors of the material.  I was at Lowe's that day getting the colors.  I started buying material that weekend.  It was really hard to find the blue/aqua color and I didn't buy all that I needed.  It wasn't until I was doing the first clue that I realized I still needed 1/2 a yd.  I wrote on the paint chips how much material I bought of each color at what store.  I took pictures with the fabric and the receipt (or something that tied it to that store) so I could easily know where to go to if I wanted more of a material.

Here's the thing, the first clue is posted the day after Thanksgiving.  A much better way to spend Black Friday than shopping in my opinion, but I didn't start then because we had company, I needed to decorate the house for Christmas and then there were those Christmas cards I had to finish and get in the mail.

I started 2 days after Christmas on a Saturday and worked like crazy to get all the clues done by the reveal, which came a day early.

 Clue 1 - 100 broken dish units and 80 half square triangles
 Clue 2 - 100 double diamond units
 Clue 3 - 120 units
 Clue 4 - 40 of each broken dish unit (note the pink/white are reversed)
Clue 5 - 4 of the pink blocks and 25 of the blue blocks
 Clue 6 - Putting together 25 of these squares (12-1/2")

Clue - (no picture) we had to sew 2 of the rectangles from clue 3 together (black in the center) and cut 36 squares from the aqua fabric.

This next picture is before the borders are sewn on.  I have to be honest, when I saw the reveal picture, I wasn't jazzed with it.  It looked like some sort of a pixelated image and I was disappointed.  Now that it is done, I'm quite happy with it.  It is bold and bright. 
I'm binding it with pink.  I am still hand-stitching it to the back but it is pieced and I quilted it Saturday.

If you want to download the instructions you can find them HERE.  I thought she took them down June 1st but in some post, it is mentioned that it will come off of the blog to be published sometime in the spring.  

I'm happy to be starting 2015 off with a completed queen-sized quilt. 
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